John William Ayres of Sealy passed away at his home on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. While his family is profoundly saddened by his loss, we are comforted knowing that he has been embraced in the loving arms of his Savior in Heaven – restored and free of any discomfort.
John was a devoted husband, loving father and friend to many. He was well known for always making the effort to reach out and stay connected – maintaining friendships and closeness with childhood friends, extended family members and former co-workers – despite the separation of time and distance. John leaves behind an inspiring legacy of faith, integrity, generosity, and hospitality.
A native Texan, John, was born at home to Eudell Ayres and Joe Ayres on Feb. 13, 1940, in Frankston, Texas. The Ayres family was close-knit, and John enjoyed his childhood years with his beloved siblings and cousins. He especially enjoyed time spent hunting and fishing. After graduating from Athens High School and East Texas State University, John spent one year teaching junior high school. While attending night classes pursuing a master’s degree in education, he met the love of his life, Claudine. They married in 1965 and raised three children together. Married for nearly 55 years, John and Claudine exemplified unending love and devotion for each other – a lesson instilled upon their children. John joined Amoco Production Company in 1966 and spent the remainder of his career there; more than 30 years. While away from work, John enjoyed spending time with his family, hunting, raising English setters, chatting with neighbors and watching Longhorn sporting events. Upon retiring from Amoco, John and Claudine settled in Sealy. John was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church of Sealy and the Methodist Men.
John was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and two brothers. He is survived by his wife Claudine, sister Ruth Ann, son James Ayres (wife Jenni), daughter Ashley McAuliffe (husband Tim), daughter Jody Childs (husband Matt), and seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
John’s family would like to thank his loving caregivers at Davita Sealy Dialysis Center for their excellent care for the past two and a half years.
A private family graveside service will be held at Garden of Memories Cemetery in El Campo, Texas.
Funeral arrangements under the direction of Knesek Bros. Funeral Chapel 768 Fourth St., Sealy; 979-885-3535; www.knesekfuneralhome.com.